Mark Blanchard

Handmade Acoustic Guitars

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Archtop Features

My archtops feature solid wood tops and backs. Each plate is hand carved and carefully graduated to produce the best possible tone. I use X bracing to enhance tonal complexity and sustain.

I machine most of the hardware myself from solid brass which is then gold plated for looks and durability.

On amplified models, I use a Kent Armstrong floating pickup with tone and volume controls.

All of my archtops include the following:

- Flamed maple back and sides
- Solid spruce top
- Maple or mahogany neck
- Carbon fiber neck reinforcing
- Two way stainless steel trussrod
- Custom neck geometry
- Choice of scale length
- Bound ebony fingerboard
- Gold tuners with black knobs
- Mother of Pearl "Blanchard" logo on headstock
- Gold plated hardware
- Hoffee carbon fiber flight case
- 3 day air shipping within the continental U.S.